La Réunion’s Patchwork Dresses Turn Symbols of Suffering Into Things of Beauty

Crafting garments that speak to history and what we can learn from it is at the heart of textile artist and designer Sarah Nsikak’s practice. Nsikak is a first-generation Nigerian American “dedicated to telling the untold and overlooked stories of fellow Africans.” Born and


The Artist-Designed Face Masks Supporting Los Angeles’s Museum of Contemporary Art

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak financial devastation, many of America’s most beloved cultural institutions have been forced to take emergency measures to survive. A recent study suggested that one-third of U.S. museums would not make it through the pandemic without financial rel


How to wear a glamisole

Idon’t really approve of underwear as outerwear. I don’t mean this in a puritanical way. I’m certainly not slut-shaming anyone here. I just have a low opinion of it as a genre, in the same way that I have a low opinion of sleeveless knitwear (comfortable in absolutely no weather si


Okhtein’s designers on its new eyewear and handbag collections

Egyptian handbag brand Okhtein recently launched its debut eyewear collection, a stunning assortment of sunglasses expected to be available for purchase as early as this month.Exhibiting brass and enamel motifs and enthused by the brand’s hot seller Brass Minaudiere, Okhtein’s shades wer


Newly opened concept boutique shines spotlight on Arab brands

Customers stepping inside Gigi, an expansive new concept store in Dubai’s Galleria Mall Al-Barsha, will be hard-pressed not to be instantly mesmerized.A series of interlocking spaces with elegant golden mesh separating screens showcase some of the Middle East’s most prominent up-and-comi


How you can watch the Etro Spring 2021 runway show live

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many brands have decided to eschew real-life fashion shows in favor of digital presentations live streamed via various online platforms. However, one brand which has decided to take the physical plunge during Milano Fashion Week Digital, scheduled to take pla


Dubai Design Week will be slightly different this year

Dubai Design Week (DDW) is set to return for its sixth edition from Nov 9 to 14 at Dubai Design District (d3) and in locations across the city, it has been announced. However, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the annual design festival will take an all-new approach and will include both phys


Georges Hobeika, Rabih Kayrouz shine during Paris Haute Couture Week

With coronavirus cases rising to over 11 million around the world, a number of film and fashion events have been forced to become digital.  This week, the first-ever online Paris Haute Couture Week kicked off, with Lebanese designers Georges Hobeika and Rabih Kayrouz presenting their brand&rsq


Lebanese label Jessica K determined to ride out financial storm

The whole fashion world has been impacted by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, but designers in Lebanon have also had to deal with the severe economic crisis besetting the country. Jessica Khoueiri-Achkar, of the Jessica K brand, told Arab News that her team of six was now on half wages


New London-based modest label aims to diversify fashion industry

After making its brand debut with a collection of hijabs earlier this year, London-based modest label ELHM has released its first evening wear line on Wednesday. The Spring 2020 evening dress collection includes six embellished, high-neck and long-sleeved maxi dresses in pastel shades. The collectio


Paris Fashion Week to take place in Sept / Oct

Paris Fashion Week will take place in September and October with a mix of physical and digital shows, the Federation de la Haute Couture et de la Mode announced this week as countries ease coronavirus restrictions. The event, considered one of the most important shows on the fashion circuit, is exp


Fashion houses unveil plans for major shows behind closed doors

Fashion is following the example of football by restarting its season behind closed doors. Christian Dior announced on Monday that a major show that had been scheduled to take place in May will go ahead on 22 July. Models, makeup artists and musicians will be flown to Puglia in southern Italy for


Dior revives fashion shows - but with no front row

French luxury label Christian Dior said on Monday it would press ahead with a calendar of fashion shows for this year starting in July with an Italian catwalk display - but without the celebrated front-row audience of A-listers.The coronavirus crisis has accelerated a rethink among high-end brands o


Bubble suits and distance-friendly hats: Covid-19 fashion steps up

With face masks quickly becoming part of everyday style, a wave of new designs are feeding into the vogue for social-distancing fashion. This week as part of the Central Saint Martins graduate show, Harry Styles-approved designer Harris Reed presented a roundabout-wide hat and crinoline skirt, while


Arab labels Sabry Marouf, Nabil Nayal take part in first digital London Fashion Week

The first digital-only London Fashion Week (LFW) kicked off last week, with tens of thousands of users from all points of the globe logging on to view fashion shows, presentations, workshops and Zoom after-parties from an array of different designers, including Egyptian accessories label Sabry Marou


US-Egyptian model Sandra Shehab channels summer with an outdoor picnic at home

With summer weather here and social-distancing encouraged in many countries amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, an outdoor picnic is proving to be a popular quarantine pastime with our region’s it girls. American-Egyptian model Sandra Shehab enjoyed her very own version of a fête cham


'Woke' fashion brands face backlash for not practising what they preach

Fashion’s facades are crumbling. In the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, the progressive images of many brands, shops and influencers are being stripped away to reveal what are in some cases toxic internal practices.Under the pressure of a debate over racism sparked by the killing o


Syrian designer Rami Al-Ali will not release a new collection

Syrian designer Rami Al-Ali announced Wednesday his eponymous label will not present a new Fall 2021 couture collection.The Dubai-based designer’s decision is a move to support a more sustainable future by reducing the brand’s environmental impact amid the COVID-19 global health crisis.





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